As some of you know, who follow me and my travels, I am quite critical of the places that I stay in. And that is when the company pays. However, when I am paying for myself, and my children, I am a little more critical than normal.
Well, I have nothing but good things to say about the Haroula Apartments. We arrived on the evening of the 4th of July and were resident for two weeks. The room we had (7) is contained and the bathroom is quite tiny. Everything is clean, and works. Make sure you run the hot water for a few minutes before it warms. Water pressure is good, toilet flushes.
There is an aircon if you require it, and recommended if you are not used to the warm nights. Make sure you take some mosquito spray, which can be purchased in town if you require.The rooms are tidy, linen is clean, and towels provided for the bathroom.
The general area around the restaurant and bar is neat and tidy with personal attention from the owners and in particular Maki's. Nothing is too much trouble, and he knows the names of all the guests and their children. He is always willing to assist in any request that you may have. The menu is limited, but sufficient for the style of catering that they offer. Breakfasts are good and plentiful if required. We self catered for breakfasts on most days with the nearest supermarket a short 20 minutes away by foot. The road is flat and taxis are available for the return leg if you have your hands full. If you require packs of bottled water, you can ask the owner if he could collect them from the store when he is next doing some shopping. Or of course you could buy them over the counter at Haroula, but they will cost fractionally more. Speaking of counters, if you spend some time at the bar counter, Maki is quite hospitable in the role of barman too. Beers are cold, glasses from the fridge and draught is available periodically. Spirits are hand poured and ice is plentyfull. Yamas!
The pool and area around the pool is neat and tidy, with a decent sized pool. Adequate shade if required. You will need your own pool towels and there is a kiddies paddling pool if you have little ones. Recommend that you check to see if there are any Lilo's or inflatables about before you go and purchase one, as many families leave theirs behind when they leave. During my stay of two weeks, my son and his mate aged 17 and my daughter of 14, met several families and even had a BBQ. The television in the common area can be tuned to most sports events if requested, and we enjoyed the Ashes cricket live on Sky Sports.
In summary, if you want an all inclusive package deal, with bell boys and waiters and running hot and cold staff at your fingertips this is not for you. The Haroula apartments are a relaxed affair with honest family hospitality and good value for money. I will certainly be back.
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- Also Known As:
- Haroula Apartments Sidari, Corfu